Leeds Castle

LOCATION

MAIDSTONE, KENT

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Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, a visit to Leeds Castle is full of discovery. With almost 900 years of fascinating history, the castle has been a Norman stronghold, a royal residence for six medieval queens of England, a favourite palace of Henry VIII and a grand country house. Its blend of history and heritage, glorious gardens, birds of prey, maze and grotto, dog collar museum and children's playground, make it the perfect choice for a day out. Special events all year, contact for details or visit the website.

Leeds Castle
MAIDSTONE, ME17 1PL
Phone : 01622 765400

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Only ground floor of castle accessible
  • Facilities: Braille information, induction loops, wheelchair and lift
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, Grounds: Apr-Sep, daily 10-6 (Castle 10.30-5.30, last admission 4.30). Grounds: Oct-Mar 10-5 (Castle 10.30-4, last admission 3). Last entry to the castle is 30mins after the last admission time

About the area

Discover Kent

The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.

Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages. 

In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.

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